Very well-considered opening post! And also the responses too. Thank you.
A few thoughts...
Every point of view, whether it be philosophical, religious, or scientific, is inherently limited. How can philosophy, or religion, or science
transcend the limit that point-of-view confers? Science as a discipline has no reason to generally, and religion as a set of beliefs generally will
not transcend their points of view as any given religion is often based on such beliefs (especially once the founder has passed away). But what about
philosophy? Philosophy is potentially the one discipline where such a free consideration can be had.
So can philosophy truly transcend all points of view, go beyond any limits of knowledge, belief, and rationality, and discover the Truth?
Isn't this the necessary basis for such a discovery? I would think so. So why is it then that Philosophy typically assumes that there is a separate
self and others and that everything arising is a given in terms of reality? Isn't our point of view about all arising and ourselves inherently limited
and unproven? Any point of view can be refuted by another point of view such as in this simple example I have made use of on this Forum a few
For instance, you are in a room and see it from a certain point of view. But what does the room ACTUALLY look like in reality? Even if you could
visualize it from many different perspectives, you still would not know exactly what it looks like in reality. And even your view of the room is
already in the past because it takes a certain amount of time to experience the seeing of the room. So the seeing is already a memory. We are looking
at history, in fact.
So one's point of view relative to what the simplest object even looks like, can be refuted by someone else's point of view from a different
perspective. Of course, we can make agreements generally speaking about what the room or object looks like, but does that tell us what the room
ACTUALLY looks like or is?
So once again, can our philosophy truly transcend all points of view, go beyond the limits of knowledge, belief, and rationality, and discover what is
actually true? Stated another way, can all of our presumptions about what reality is be put aside and philosophy engaged to the point of real
Several years ago, Adi Da Samraj wrote a book called "Perfect Philosophy: The 'Radical' Way of No-Ideas". Here he bridges the gap between Philosophy
and Enlightenment - if anyone is interested in a much more profound treatment of this matter.
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